Staff Sargent Craig W. Cherry, US Army, Virginia Army National Guard 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light Infantry) from Winchester, Virginia. (See Iraq War Heroes)
For me it was one of those thought provoking moments. Both soldiers, both the same age, both died for their country. They died 140 years apart but there's always that "what if" thought when anyone dies in their prime.
So to all the military personnel from the American Revolution to the current conflicts who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms all of us Americans enjoy today,
Jacob Koogle, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Myersville, Frederick County, Maryland
Medal of Honor
Capt Co G
7 MD INF
December 5, 1841 - March 16, 1915
I was able to find a front page obituary for Jacob Koogle. He served with Seventh Maryland Infantry Regiment, Company G during the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the Confederate flag at the Battle of Five Forks, Dinwiddie County, Virginia on 1 April 1865 (last major battle of the Petersburg Campaign). After the Civil War he organized a local militia group, worked with his church (then Myersville Lutheran Church) and was in banking.
Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, West Virginia
Jane B. Powers
Army Nurse Corps
World War I
June 2, 1881 - March 24, 1967
Jane was born to Andrew J. and Emma (Webb) Powers and died in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia. According to the National Gravesite Locator for Veterans, Jane was in the Nurse Women's Army Auxillary Corps starting on 22 August 1917.
I was unable to find an obituary as I was hoping to find out more about her and her service to our country especially at time when women could not even vote!
I was unable to find an obituary for Francis Barber but did find on Ancestry.Com that he enlisted on 1 May 1917 as a Private First Class and promoted to Private on 13 March 1918. He was sent overseas on 15 December 1917. He parents were Edward H. and Frances E. Barber, who are buried next to him.
Thank you for your sacrifice Private Francis Fillmore Barber.
Kenneth Douglas Smith
March 7, 1943 - May 15, 2009
St Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery
Myersville, Frederick County, Maryland
Mr. Smith was a dairy farmer in Middletown Valley, Frederick County, Maryland and a member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company per his obituary in the Hagerstown, Maryland "Herald-Mail" accessed thru Ancestry.Com.
The burial is towards the back of the cemetery and luckily my camera battery held out to get a picture!! I love how the family incorporated his profession into a lovely memorial for their loved one.
I never really went to cemeteries when I was younger. At the time, none of my family was buried where I grew up in South Carolina. Both family lines were back in rural northern New York. Then my paternal grandfather died. Then my paternal step-great (in every sense of the word) grandmother. Then one of my best friends died during our freshman year of college. His death was a complete shock to me. Young people didn't die. Grandpa and Grandma T. I could understand. A 19 year old didn't make sense. Then other friends died during our college years.
I went out occasionally to cemeteries to "see" and "talk" to them. Especially Wesley. He was always my sounding board. Then my mother died of a brain aneursym. COMPLETE SHOCK. She died the day before her 47th birthday. My father wanted to make sure he picked a location we girls would remember when we would visit (right by the sidewalk). It had bothered him on a trip the previous year he could not easily find his parents graves. He said he wanted to make sure we didn't have that same issue. So when I went to visit the cemetery, I would talk and cry and cry some more. Both parents are now gone and I still can't go to their cemetery without crying.
I signed up for Find-A-Grave and then forgot about it. It was about a year later and since I didn't feel like cleaning I decided I would go take a volunteer picture. That first visit to Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland was all it took. I was now a tadophile!!
This blog will deal with the cemeteries I am encountering in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and wherever else I land in my personal journey!! This blog will showcase the photos and a bit of "their" stories. I am curious when I take the photos about the people now gone. Sometimes I can find out more with some research, other times I can find nothing. Growing up my family loved the commentator Paul Harvey whose famous line was "And now you know the rest of the story". I may not know the rest of the story but I will post what I do find. After all, we all must pay it forward when possible.